See-Through Stunner: How to Build The Ultimate Acrylic PC

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janenobelk285

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saltydog34

How about a lego case?

 

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jj_Sky5000

Hmmm  Does my comments keep disappearing.       I wish i had the oppurtunity  to do this build.     Please  send  the pc so  i can make soem corrections  do   it.  or send the same components  and  i will come up with a totally differnt looking pc.   I think the  article  was more of a turn off  for Acrylic PC's.   Lets go make a awesome  

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jelenko

What was the purpose to spend ~$400 on water cooling?

For the processor involved, wouldn't  air cooling work?  Even air cooling with a fairly low noise fan.

I'm not complaining - just trying to understand the purpose behind the $'s spent on water cooling.

 

Thanks 

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The_Raving_Octopus

The thing is, the point of an acylic pc is to look amazing. The liquid cooling does look great with this case, especially the orange liquid :)

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imagonex

This build looks fine to me considering TheMurph has his hand fulls of assignments on top of this build. It's also a suggestion as to what to do with available parts on the market. We can argue 'til the cows (or cat) comes home as what part to choose or how to build this or that.

It's "How to", not a "You-must-do-this-or-else-the-cat-will-rip-your-eyeballs-out" build.

Where's is that cat anyways?

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simcha computing

The case has a lot of structual issues. My biggest is the location of the hard drive. I build computers for a living and the proximity of the Hard drive to the heat of the PSU not so great. By the way I think a fifth grader could have done a better job on cable management, what a mess!

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TheMurph

"the proximity of the Hard drive to the heat of the PSU not so great."

To what heat do you refer?  You do realize that air travels into the power supply from its bottom fan, right?  It's not like the PSU is belching heat out of its bottom.

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Binka

Yours is a pretty cool build, but the Ultimate Acrylic PC?  I have to disagree with you there.

Peter Dickinson back in 2003-2004 hatched a crazy idea to build an insane clear cased computer "where everything on the inside looked as good as on the outside, and from all angles".  His build was featured on bit-tech.net in five installments.  If you take the time to read through the entire thing you'll see that the sheer amount of attention to detail is something that is rarely seen.

Does it look like a bunch of chrome inside a clear case with green led accents?  Sure.  Is it cool, even after nearly 7 years?  Definitely.  Is it the Ultimate Acrylic PC?  I don't know, but I sure think it makes a good case for itself.

Links:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

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TheMurph

I'm not saying my system is better, but I will say that I think the sheer mas of chrome tubing inside that case isn't very appealing to my eye.

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Binka

I can see the mass of chrome snakes not being appealing to everyone, thanks for the honest reply.

Now, how about a scratch-built case from you? =) 

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BLACKCELL

not bad, not bad @ all, but why just clear? and I understand the neatness and the need to keep things simple, but it would had been helpful to know some more points to cutting into a case like this, I respect u Murph, I run an upand comming company dealing with modification called BLACKCELL Creations. To me and my staff this is another Art form, that needs the right kick to be big, if you want to find out more about my up and comming company check us out @ www.blackcellcreations.com

 

Dejuan "BLACKCELL" stokes

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TheMurph

Why... just clear?  What do you mean?

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BLACKCELL

 

scratch that dude you have no style at all I'm even pissed I had that issue of the trashy PC in the mag, I expect someone other than you to build another PLEASE!!! either that or hell I'll do a build off against you and just burn that shit down in flames!!!!

 

anytime little man anytime!!!

 

 

Dejuan Stokes “BLACKCELL”

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ABouman

Alright, so I just dropped into the photo studio to see what they had as far as photos of the UV lighting. Now, part of the problem is that they just got new machines, so they're still figuring out what transfered, what's oddly missing and where everything is located. The other part of the problem is that the photos were exposed for a long period of time, which means that even the photos that were taken in next-to-no light (for example the gut shot on page 4), show up as lighter and greyer.

They're looking through the server for shots that will better show the UV though, so I'll certainly let y'all know as soon as I hear back from them!!

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xsznix

lol @ attack the radiator

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aferrara50

looks too messy and the PSU needs to be single sleeved. currently working with a DD double wide tower 29 in black acrylic with 3x BI GT Extreme 560s, 2x 280s, 1x 140 and 2x dual uber d5s. Super easy case to work with, but by god do DD cases need custom sleeving and lengths to make them passable. You'll regret the colored coolant later as it will gunk your block eventually. Distilled water and a kill coil is the only way to go. Follow my worklog if you want an ultimate acrylic rig http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/1001892-worklog-project-liquid-death.html

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TheMurph

To be fair, your case isn't *entirely* acrylic.  Though it is, er, kind of like having two cases mashed together.

Suffice, I'm excited to see what you come up with!  Come back to the thread once you have some "I'm inside the case, sleeves rolled up" pics -- I'll be happy to check 'em out.

And I agree.  I wish we could have gone with custom sleeving and PSU cable lengths on this one.  Sleeving isn't that tough, but custom lengths is a bit out of the realm of what an average reader might go for.

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aferrara50

it is entirely acrylic. It is just colored acrylic. DD only produces Acrylic cases afaik. sleeve rolled up pics on my mountain mods build can be found here http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/934163-worklog-project-atlantis-double-wide-domination.html Once you get that psu single sleeved it'll look amazing. It does take forever tho. MDPC has the best quality sleeving out there (quite expensive tho) or you can pick up cheaper, yet great stuff from furryletters on ebay (super cheap and good). I've always loved clear acrylic cases, just never found anywhere to put it. Please get rid of that coloring from your loop. Use colored tubing instead. After around 3 months it'll kill your performance since particles will get stick within the cpu block since it's practically a filter. My first wc build I used colored coolant and after a few months it wasn't even worth having watercooling. Temps were awful and I had to rip apart and clean all of the blocks. Great choice on the block and pump btw. Sign up on OCN and post a build log there. It'll definitely get some attention. If you ever decide to waterblock the gpu I would swap out the rad for a GTX series instead of the stealth or have a new bottom made that'll support a 240 rad.

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aferrara50

DD will make anything you want. Have to have new panels made for mine to fit more radiators. Debbi is very accommodating and will give detailed diagrams to get what you want to fit inside.

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Neufeldt2002

As I really don't care about transparent cases, lighting, etc. I do really appreciate the work involved. I tried my share of lighting and modding when it first became popular and have since resigned to the idea that no-one but myself will ever see the end result, as my towers tend to sit where no-one can see them. I found the article interesting and informative with the problems that you faced and the solutions you chose. Thank you.

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DasHellMutt

I have to agree with Dunimas. I'm not digging the whole vine idea. Just looks messy. I would have bundled those cables neatly and just had a couple of big harnesses basically running top to bottom. I also don't think that water cooling loop makes much sense. Seems to me you would want the pump to bring in cool water from the reservoir, push it under pressure through the water block, then go out to the radiator and back to the reservoir.

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TheMurph

Bundled how?  No matter how you do it, you're still going to have thick, black cabling running throughout the system -- in this case, I tried to isolate it to just one, main area instead of having it be all willy-nilly around the case.

The temperature of the water is negligable in terms of how this loop is constructed.  I'd rather worry about the fans' ability to cool than a specific looping diagram this time around.

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Dunimas

I'll be honest, I d't like it. The cable management is sloppy and the color scheme is tacky IMO. It also would have been nice to put some better instructions in there on how to mod cables for those who were wondering. That part is crucial to any good-looking build. I understand though that you were limited with how in-depth you could go. Thanks for the article though!

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TheMurph

Sloppy cable management?  Like I said in the article, I wasn't a huge fan of having to do the "mass" of cables within the center of the case, but there's only so much one can do with the lengths provided by a typical power supply.

As well, the entire case is see-through.  Believe me, they looked a lot worse "hidden" behind the motherboard.  If you're going to make a mess no matter what you do, at least you can dress it up a little bit--e.g. wrapping the UV-reactive cables to create an interesting pattern.

Perhaps this might be a bit more apparent if you saw a shot of the system in the dark--it's natural environment.  :D

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skirge01

EXACTLY!  Now show it!  I read this in the magazine, then came online to find the article because with all the UV talk, I expected to see a shot of the computer in the dark.  I say this half-jokingly...  what happened, did it not look good in the end, so you didn't want to show us?  I triple-dog-dare you to show us!  ;-)

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TheMurph

Alas, it's not my call.  I'll talk to my MPC overlords today and see if I can't get my hands on some of the final UV pics for y'all.  :)

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Dunimas

No offense intended, I just would have approached it differently. Yeah, it's hard to deal with masses of cables, but that's why I emphasized cable modding as a necessity. Sometimes you just need them longer in order to route them in an attractive way. I am in no way downplaying the hard work you put into the build, just that IMO it needed more attention to detail. I agree with the other commenter who mentioned modding the power supply cables. That would have been my first change. It takes a while and can be risky, but would have helped in a big way. I've gone with fully modular power supplies in the past for there ability to remove all but the necessities. Silverstone has been great for that and makes excellent supplies too. Again, great article. Glad to see some modding posts written. Please only take my comment as constructive opinion, as it is apparent plenty of people love what you did.

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TheMurph

No worries -- no offense intended (or taken!)  I agree with sleeving the PSU cables.  The task of doing that, however, is probably a how-to in its own right.  ;)

In this case, I wanted to give readers an actionable method for working inside an acrylic case if they don't feel like their sleeving skills are super-up to the task.  I mean, putting a sleeve on a bare cord is one thing.  Cutting off your existing PSU sleeves and mucking it up, however, leaves you in a worse state than you were before!

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MattyMattMatt

I think resleeving the main PSU cables would've also been a good idea.

This is the downside of the see-through case. It's all visible, so you better make something cool with the cables. Best one I have seen have them shortened to the necessary length (or increased) and arranged in a pattern along the sides. It's a lot of work for something that ultimately looks too much ricer to me. But I dislike lights to begin with.

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TheMurph

A fair idea.  However, that wouldn't remove the fact that there would still be a ton of wires in the case -- now glowing, mind you, if I resleeved them using the same material as the others.

In this concept, the idea was to have highlights that would stand out in the dark -- e.g. the "tree of wires" idea.  I'll be the first to admit that it doesn't look all that great in a standard-lit environment.  Under a desk / in a dimmer or dark location, however, is where the real meat of the system shines. 

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lunchbox73

I couldn't do it. My house is so dusty for some reason it would be a constant battle to keep this thing looking clean.

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emPC_fan84

Nice, just got my magazine today, and saw this.  Please post more pics!!

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Holly Golightly

I really like that Danger Den Tower 21. I also like Tower 29. I would love to see how it looks when it lights up in the dark. That Kingwin Lazer X power supply is really cool, and really looks best when lit up in the dark. I will be checking up on here to see if there are any cool photos of it lighting up in the dark.

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DDRDiesel

PLEASE post a picture of this beast in UV lighting, I would love to see how this came out

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flatlinebb

Ditto! Why is there no picture of the case lit up in a darkened environment? Half the article was about the lighting and we don't get the benefit of seeing it in action.

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TheMurph

Wish I had an answer for you!  As I mentioned above, I'll talk to the MPC overlords today and see what I can get my hands on...

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